I am a queen, I cannot simply forfeit my luxuries.


Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi’s contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of "Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite!" in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.

Special Marie Antoinette Menu at Chez Moi

Chef Dominique Tougne and the Chez Moi staff have set up an exclusive 3-course dinner menu, inspired by Marie Antoinette. The $45 fixed price menu will be available during the entire run of the show—PLUS, all ticket buyers will receive a 10% discount with ticket stub to that day’s performance! Download the Menu(PDF).

Watch & Listen

  1. EXPLORE: The World of <i>MARIE ANTOINETTE</i>


  2. <i>MARIE ANTOINETTE</i> - Trailer


  3. <i>MARIE ANTOINETTE</i> - Audience Response

    MARIE ANTOINETTE - Audience Response

  4. <i>MARIE ANTOINETTE</i> in Production

    MARIE ANTOINETTE in Production

  5. <i>MARIE ANTOINETTE</i> - Photoshoot Teaser

    MARIE ANTOINETTE - Photoshoot Teaser

  6. <i>MARIE ANTOINETTE</i> In Rehearsal


  7. Robert OHara on <i>MARIE ANTOINETTE</i>

    Robert OHara on MARIE ANTOINETTE

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members


“Exquisitely imagined and constructed costumes…a truly Fashion Week–worthy production”
Time Out Chicago

“Gleefully propulsive…tailor-made for a modern understanding of celebrity”

“Marie Antoinette requires its leading actress to deliver a diva-like performance…and Alana Arenas more than lives up to her royal assignment”
Chicago Sun Times

“Slick, fast-paced and compellingly entertaining”
Northwest Indiana Times

“Fantasy in sequins, gems, roses, fireworks…eye-popping opulence”
Chicago Stage and Cinema

“A visual masterpiece with a fairytale-like setting”
Chicago Now

“Part play, part fashion show, and all attitude”
Concierge Preferred

“Examination of the creation and dismantling of a celebrity…Arenas delivers a bravura performance”
Daily Herald

“Jaw-dropping couture…a bold take on the infamously extravagant 18th-century queen”

“An unconventional, bitingly comic play…a jagged yet elegant historical riff”
Time Out New York, Soho Rep production

“Marie Antoinette, playwright David Adjmi’s modern-flair retelling of the famously reviled, beheaded teen queen, seems to land smack-dab in 2013's ticker of news events, and we’re all the better for it.”
Entertainment Weekly, Soho Rep production

“David Adjmi’s marvelous, disturbing, revisionist take.”
New York Magazine, Soho Rep production

“Adjmi’s brilliance is to use trashy vernacular speech to allude to the way history trashes us.”
The New Yorker, Soho Rep production

Program Articles

Welcome to Marie Antoinette

A welcome to Marie Antoinette from Artistic Director Martha Lavey

A Glorious Train Wreck

Director Robert O’Hara chats with Director of New Play Development Aaron Carter about Marie Antoinette.


Director of New Play Development, Aaron Carter shares his personal connection to Marie Antoinette.

Buy Tickets

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Running Time

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Additional Information

Discount Tickets Upstairs Theatre Info & Seat Map Map / Directions to the theatre Marie Antoinette Program

Toast the Queen with "Le Drink"

Make your show experience a bit more royal with our bar's delicious and bubbly "Le Drink," featuring Chambord raspberry liqueur, Prosecco and a fancy lemon twist.

Special Performances

Preview Performances
February 5 – 14, 2015

Open Captioning
Saturday, April 11 at 3:00pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, May 3
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

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